UFO enthusiasts and believers may have rejoiced Saturday night when a bizarre, glowing light mysteriously encompassed the Southern California night sky; unfortunately for them (and fortunately for humanity), no aliens were involved.
In a more mundane turn of events, the light turned out to be the result of a scheduled missile launch test by the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Program. Fired from a submarine off the California coast, the Trident II (D5) missile test was kept secret in order to deter other countries from gathering information on the missile.
An official response from Navy Commander Ryan Perry was later given, stating that “The tests were part of a scheduled, ongoing system evaluation test. Launches are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system.”
Despite this seemingly rational explanation, the “UFO” took social media by storm. To supplement the hundreds of pictures and videos that surfaced, Twitter reacted with its requisite innovative Photoshop, making our potential impending doom all the more hilarious.
but?? what are the aliens trying to say??? :-/ pic.twitter.com/uoFIetz7JE— ??? ??? ?? (@PAClFlCALLY) November 8, 2015
Closer Look At The LA UFO Sighting ???? pic.twitter.com/wuQyGQeVUn— [brxtn]? (@BraxtonKnight) November 8, 2015
Not everyone bought the government’s explanation so easily either—unique conspiracy theories for the light’s appearance were offered, covering everything from Adele to "Drake & Josh." Of course, Will Smith was also touted as the hero we now needed thanks to his extensive experience with aliens via Men in Black.
Regardless of whether you believe the light was due to a missile launch, or if you’re holding out hope for alien existence, it’s impossible to deny that social media makes these occurrences infinitely more entertaining.
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